The farm dog, some say, is the “unsung hero,” “part of the family” and one of the most important parts of rural life.
SALEM — Oregon legislators Tuesday introduced House Bill 3296, dubbed the Addiction Crisis Recovery Act, which would increase the state's beer tax by 2,800% and wine tax by 1,700%.
The new knowledge about hop genetics, the researchers say, could aid growers in precision-breeding, open up new flavor possibilities to beer brewers and help scientists studying the potential …
A Walla Walla County blueberry farm has agreed to pay $350,000 to settle claims that it failed to stop a supervisor from sexually harassing and assaulting female farmworkers.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Monday killed a proposal that would have penalized Washington farmers who hired foreign workers, passing instead a bill to encourage better housing for a…
A national research team is starting a four-year project that involves training dogs to sniff out pests and pathogens, including spotted lanternfly eggs and powdery mildew.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A California man was arrested for allegedly stealing hundreds of heaters used to prevent citrus trees from freezing.
Some researchers are urging wine grape growers to consider planting cover crops between their vines.
At the virtual Oregon Wine Symposium this week, several speakers talked about how the wine industry's future may look different than its past, with consumer preferences changing, new technolog…
On his first day in office, President Joe Biden told Congress he was ready to make immigration reform a top priority. How would it impact agricultural workers?
Hazelnut trees across Oregon’s Willamette Valley have lost limbs or collapsed under the weight of ice that accumulated over the weekend, requiring extensive pruning or replacement.
Recent heavy, wet snowfall in southwest Idaho has delayed work in orchards and vineyards, but so far poses little threat.
The Senate labor committee Monday passed a bill calling on every farm employer in Washington to go back three years and pay workers time-and-a-half for overtime.
Legislation to give all Washington farmworkers overtime pay and compensate them for back wages, while giving producers a defense from multi-million-dollar lawsuits emerged Friday afternoon.
Imported blueberries are not seriously injuring U.S. growers and don't pose a threat to them, the U.S. International Trade Commission concluded today.
Senate Bill 5396 would raise taxes on building or repairing farmworker housing if any bed is occupied by a guestworker in the U.S. on a H-2A visa.
The state’s wine industry is calling on lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 406, which would allow them to ship five cases of wine per resident a month, up from the current limit of two cases.
Ryan and Rachel Henderson have discovered a new set of challenges with their online hazelnut confectionery business.
A nonprofit group will hold a meeting to discuss two proposed climate bills and whether they address farmer needs.
An Eastern Washington crop duster has been fined $7,000 and had his license suspended for five days for an aerial application that exposed at least 45 farmworkers to pesticides last summer.
Legislation to help honey bees and other pollinators stresses habitat and education, while steering clear of neonicotinoids and parasitic varroa mites.
Northwest Farm Credit Services has donated $2 million to the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UI announced Feb. 2.
The Washington Farm Bureau and WAFLA are suing the Inslee administration, seeking to invalidate COVID-related housing rules for farmworkers.
Senate Bill 5396, sponsored by Sens. Liz Lovelett, D-Anacortes, and Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle, targets a program that critics claim displaces U.S. workers.
Limits on gatherings relaxed.
Organic avocado and citrus grower Will Brokaw says he is glad to see 2020 gone, but concerns remain.
The pesticide and fertilizer fees are paid by hundreds of product makers, distributors and applicators. The fees support separate state Department of Agriculture programs.
A Washington fruit company said Thursday it will challenge a $156,000 fine levied by the state Department of Labor and Industries for allegedly not enforcing mask and social distancing rules f…
OLYMPIA — Several Washington farmers testified on Jan. 28 they could be bankrupted by lawsuits seeking back wages for workers after the state Supreme Court granted farmworkers overtime pay.
Researchers say the new variety, named UC Wolfskill, will enable growers to harvest earlier, lengthen the harvest season and improve efficiency.
The Washington Winegrowers Association will host its annual convention virtually this year during the pandemic.
Washington farm groups are asking state lawmakers to help agriculture employers fend off lawsuits that retroactively seek overtime pay for farmworkers.
Scientists are using the beneficial wasps, called Tamarixia radiata, to combat huanglongbing disease, or HLB, widely regarded as the world's most devastating citrus disease.
Almost two dozen organizations, led by R-CALF USA, have sent a letter urging the U.S. International Trade Commission to recognize that imported blueberries are seriously harming U.S. growers.
The coronavirus pandemic factored into the Pacific Northwest Cherry industry grossing more than $1 billion for the first time last year, but Little Cherry Disease and China tariffs remain key …
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee won't repeal emergency farmworker housing rules, leading two farm groups to contemplate suing. The groups claim the rules could be revised to benefit both employers …
Farmworkers and food processing workers younger than 50 will be able to get inoculated for COVID at the same time as their older co-workers, according to Washington's new vaccination plan.
The Capital Press asked several farmers and ranchers to imagine they were sitting across a table from Biden. What would they tell the new president, if given that chance?
Democrats in the Washington House and Senate introduced bills Tuesday to raise taxes on fruit and vegetable processors that violate any employment, labor or civil rights law.
President Joe Biden plans to introduce a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration.
A program to reimburse Oregon farmers for complying with costly COVID-19 worker protections came in well under budget for the 2020 harvest season, and state lawmakers are now considering what …
The current rules were set last spring as health officials scrambled to contain COVID-19. The rules limit the use of bunk beds, cutting housing capacity.
Gebbers Farms, a north-central Washington tree fruit grower, has appealed a $2 million fine issued by the Department of Labor and Industries for coronavirus-safety regulations.
The American Blueberry Growers Alliance blamed rising Latin American imports in the spring and fall, robbing farmers of lucrative early- and late-season sales.
With the coronavirus pandemic driving more people to shop online, Kevin Moffitt, president and CEO of Pear Bureau Northwest, said the industry faces both challenges and opportunities competing…
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Andony Melathopoulos says his work is pretty sweet.
Not only can visitors “attend” the show from the comfort of their computer, laptop or smart phone, they can do it anytime of the day or night — and it’s free of charge.
A federal judge in New York City has resurrected an Obama administration rule requiring farmers to enforce a 100-foot halo around pesticide applications, even if the halo extends outside the farm.
LOS ANGELES — A coalition of California agricultural groups and business employers has filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court challenging the state’s COVID-19 protocols.
In the aftermath of massive fires, S. Oregon faces a human, and economic, tragedy
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representatives of the West's wine and beer industries say they are grateful for a bit of good news after a tough year.
A two-year freeze on increases in the minimum wage for agricultural foreign guest workers has been thawed by a federal judge in California.
Sue Naumes is a retired grower who helped manage one of the West's largest pear companies for decades. Today she spends her time collecting rare, and precious, fruit labels dating back to the …
Hop production dropped 7% compared to last year as yields decreased, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reported.
California and four other states are suing to block a Trump administration rule that will limit pesticide application exclusion zones.